The Chinese Massage is grounded on the theory of Chinese traditional medicine. It is a unique technique in which the therapist or masseuse applies pressure using the hands, feet, elbows, and arms, on the special points or areas of the client. It utilizes so many effective techniques that the client doesn’t need to undress.
Chinese Massage is an ancient form of massage. It has been used for over 3,000 years in China to relieve stress and pain.
These special point or areas are called acupuncture points. According to Chinese medicine, these acupuncture points are located just above energy channels called meridians where life energy called Chi or Qi flows. The sluggish movement of Chi in the body causes fatigue or stress, and the obstruction of the movement of Chi will result in all sorts of pain.
To improve the flow of Chi, the meridians where energy movement is sluggish or blocked are stimulated to restore the normal flow of Chi or eliminate the blockage, in order to alleviate stress and pain. Chinese Massage may involve various forms of manipulations: pointing, pressing pushing, rubbing, or rolling. These actions both work on a superficial and profound level affecting even the joints, tissues, and vital organs deep in the body. This is the biggest difference between Chinese Massage and the other forms of massage. In many instances, the person receiving Chinese Massage become energetic again and can feel almost instantaneous relief of pain. Chinese Massage can also treat insomnia, feeling of panic, stress, sciatica, migraines, and headaches, among many others. It also relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and accelerates healing of injuries. It can help stabilize the health of people suffering from chronic illnesses by strengthening their immune systems.
One of the most popular forms of Chinese massage is acupressure which works by using the thumb or finger to apply pressure to an acupoint or series of acupoints associated with an illness. Both massage techniques and acupressure are components of Chinese Massage.
The following are some of the conditions that can be treated with Chinese Massage:
Headaches and migraines
Chinese massage raise energy levels and stimulates energy within the body by reestablishing the smooth flow of Chi in the body. Its stress-alleviating benefits can also result in a feeling of general well-being and lead to improved sleep.
Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries
Chinese massage techniques are therapeutic manipulations of the soft tissues of the body that can relieve pain and stiffness related to a variety of soft tissue injuries that may include sciatica, low back pain, and frozen shoulder.
Improved Emotional Health
Chinese massage is extremely relaxing on a physical level. It enhances feelings of well-being and alleviates tension and stress. Chinese massage therapists/masseuse believe that when the flow of Chi in the body is blocked it can disrupt mental well being which can lead to depression and anxiety. Chinese massage works by restoring Chi flow and eliminating layers of emotional stress that can accumulate in the body over time.
The primary objective of Chinese massage is to restore that smooth flow of Chi throughout the body, which is necessary for circulatory health. With the use of specific pressure points and various hand techniques, the circulatory system can be re-energized and stimulated.
Break-down of Scar Tissue
Chinese massage can effectively break down scar tissue in people who have lost mobility due to chronic stiffness or pain in joints or muscles which can result in a better range of movement and the relief of soreness.
Benefits of Acupressure massage therapy:
The main function of acupressure is to relax and heal the body by restoring the continuous flow of Chi throughout the body. Acupressure can:
Help the body relax deeply
Help maintain regular menstrual cycles
Help relieve labor pains
Alleviate tension and stress
Cure problems associated with depression and relieve anxiety
Lower blood pressure
Elevate spiritual and mental and awareness
By alleviating stress, acupressure increases the body’s defense against disease and fosters wellness. It helps resist illness and allows the body to adapt to environmental changes. Specific acupoints can help you breathe in a deep way and are known relieve tension in the chest.
Acupressure can also be used to enhance beauty by relaxing and toning the facial muscles, which can help reduce facial wrinkles.
It is an ideal treatment for sinus problems and is sometimes by psychotherapists to help calm their patients. It can help release the built up tension in the body caused by repressed feelings restoring emotional balance.
Acupressure massage assists the body in restoring its natural balance and promotes its natural self healing abilities. It fosters a harmonious life and a healthy body and enhances the overall system of the body.
Jamie Catlett is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.